Derby Contenders

Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey

  • Both are natives of Artemus, Kentucky, but now reside on Ramsey Farm in Nicholasville, Kentucky.
  • Ken held positions as an executive in the trucking business. Got into real estate business, but left to pursue ownership in cellular network franchises. He sold his cellular business in 1994.
  • First entered horse racing in 1969 when he claimed Red Redeemer for $1,500 at the now closed Miles Park in Louisville. Horse never started for Ramsey as it was discovered the horse was blind in one eye.
  • Ken held a trainer’s license briefly.
  • The Ramsey’s have sent only one horse to the starting gate in the Kentucky Derby. Ten Cents A Shine in 2003 placed eighth in the Run for the Roses.
  • In 2004 the Ramsey’s were awarded the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Owner.
  • The Ramsey’s have won leading owner titles at Keeneland, Saratoga, Gulfstream Park, Ellis Park, Turfway, and hold the record at Churchill Downs with most owner titles won in the 135 year history of the track.
  • In 1994 purchased the former Almahurst Farm, birthplace of 1918 Kentucky Derby winner Exterminator. They renamed the farm Ramsey Farm and now stand stallions Kitten’s Joy and Catienus.
  • Top runners for the Ramsey’s include: Roses in May, Cannonball, Becky’s Kitten, Pleasant Prince, and Nothing to Lose.